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May 20, 2019
Absolutely brilliant with great surprises in the end.
½ May 19, 2019
So bad. We kept waiting for it to get good and it never did. It was pretty much just a 1700 lesbian porn movie
May 18, 2019
It's lessons in cinematography and screenplay, great performances by octavia, emma and rachel.
½ May 15, 2019
Well acted; clever character driven plot. Humour is a little silly, but it doesn't ruin the film
½ May 11, 2019
The acting of Colman, Stone, Hoult, and Weisz are truly amazing. And very historically accurate.
½ May 11, 2019
made an account write this: keep liking films like this one, that i can promise you will never watch in you life again, giving Hollywood the strength to manipulate you and sell you trash for caviar and keep giving powerful people that no one will ever touch more strenght - even in art. sheeps to the slaughter. Lanthimos is just another artchy idiot that is used as well, plus his view on women is disgusting, no respect for that Queen there that united UK and Ireland and was never fragile as to her last days was going to politic meetings.A stupid 5 yr perspective of the "mean rich" with no empathy whatsoever. Big production company behind this. No surprise.
½ May 10, 2019
One of the most boring movies I have ever seen
½ May 9, 2019
This movie has more hand jobs than a nail salon. In a post-Harvey Weinstein world ‚" and knowing the specific mechanism of his perversion ‚" it all sort of makes sense. By unanimously dubbing this obvious, gratuitous trash brilliant, the "academy" and their hangers on attempt to normalize Harvey, Woody and similar Hollywood vermin. For those dumb enough to keep watching, viewers are turned to voyeurs, made complicit by their knowing observation, urged to hate themselves for engaging in it, just like Harvey hates himself. And the lemmings all nod their agreement: "Great art" they intone. How progressive. Utter garbage.
½ May 7, 2019
This film was awful. All the characters were deeply unlikeable. Plus, the lesbian theme seemed out of place.
May 6, 2019
excellent performances and an economical storytelling makes this highly enjoyable
½ May 4, 2019
Olivia Colman is outstanding, but I think a little overrated otherwise.
May 4, 2019
It is rare to find a film that is at once as highbrow and lowbrow as The Favorite. It's an almost stately period piece filled with the finest costumes and sets, as well as the most refined accents and outlandish wigs, which concerns itself with court intrigues and addresses matters such as parliamentary politics and the royal finances. It's also an outrageous, dirty minded, and sometimes downright lewd sex comedy not unlike the works of Jude Apatow. And this massive dichotomy is what makes it all so much fun.

The plot revolves around the fierce competition between cousins Sarah Churchill and Abigail Masham for the favor of an aging and increasingly addled Queen Anne. It all starts subtly and mostly innocently enough, but rapidly becomes more outlandish and deeply bitter until we're not sure everyone is going to come out alive. All boundaries of decency and believability are crossed well before the end, but that's half the fun.

It's notable that while there are certainly protagonists and antagonists, there is no-one who could be remotely describes as a hero or heroine. Aside from Queen Anne, who is extremely mercurial, rather needy, and increasingly detached from reality, practically everyone in this movie is ambitious, scheming, backstabbing, and incredibly petty, if not downright b*tchy. And it's a far more interesting movie for it. There is something fascinating and deeply shocking about watching these educated, wealthy, supposedly refined nobles constantly bickering, cursing like students at a public high school, and "romantically" pursuing each other with all the fervor and subtlety of drunken frat bros and sex starved sorority girls, while somehow maintaining a façade of genteel manners when anyone is looking. It's rather like a regency period Mean Girls.

And what girls they are. Emma Stone is in a rare form as Abigail. Intelligent, cultured, conniving, and utterly ruthless in her climb to the top, she's equally willing to betray her closest friend or jettison her own dignity, and we can't help but root for her most of the way. This may be her best performance to date. Rachel Weisz is also very good as Lady Sarah. Though not as outrageous or conniving as Abigail, she is extremely strong willed, resolute, and not at all above being a catty B when it suits her.

And Olivia Colman is priceless as Queen Anne. Capricious yet oddly stubborn, she's begging for attention and affection one moment, then erupting into mad tantrums the next. She would be a petty tyrant if she had the ruthlessness to be tyrannical. Instead she's like that rich, crazy old great aunt that everyone in the family has to pretend to like. Or perhaps an unruly toddler who must be very carefully coddled to sleep. And her comedic timing is impeccable. Just when you think she's calmed down and the argument has passed, she says or does the darnedest things. The whole movie's like that really, delivering the biggest shocks and laughs with no warning.

From a historical standpoint, this is mostly utter nonsense. But for a comedy which makes no claim of historical accuracy, this is hardly a problem. What I do consider a problem is the unfortunate inclusion of the "fruit throwing" scene. At the very least it could have involved better looking people, perhaps with more clothes. And admittedly it does get a bit slow in one patch towards the end. But those are very minor faults

This is a very unconventional blend of elements which easily could have pushed the film apart into a disjointed mess full of wild tonal shifts. Or overemphasis on any one part could have dragged it down into overwrought soap opera clich√ (C)s or boring crassness, like the recent Sherlock Holmes spoof. But instead the filmmakers and cast have carefully walked the tightrope, delivering results that are oft fascinating and wildly funny. I don't know why this didn't win best comedy at the Globes, because it surely should have.
½ May 4, 2019
Worst fucking movie ever... Sick lesbian shit... Atrocious viewing..
April 29, 2019
it was surprisingly entertaining. Dialogue was strong. Great acting all around. By the end the movie had become a bit predictable though
½ April 29, 2019
I wish it had a better ending.
April 29, 2019
A far cry from the "perfectly cut diamond of a movie" that was promised. There is however enough of a story here to enjoy. The performances of Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone would stand out if it were not for the unbelievable Olivia Colman. Where the movie falls down is the dialogue. It lacks the wit and charm that this story is crying out for. Add to that the indulgent and, at times, distracting camera work and you are left with a movie that could have been as great as the acting on display within it, but is sadly not.
April 28, 2019
Yorgos Lanthimos is back with a untypical story - it's way more normal than his other efforts. It's sat in the early 18th century and we get to know The Queen and her maids.

The story is mainly about two maids that battle to be the closest one to Her Majesty. They're friendship is turning into a mess and they try to get rid of eachother. Her Majesty does not no much about this rivalry, but she surely suffer from it.

I don't tend to like costume dramas like this one, but it's done in a very intersting manner. I dig the swearing and direct use of language that does not fit in with more typical films of this kind. This is a different take on the Queens role and it's both funny and fresh. Some freaky scenes, and I dig the usage of fisheye lenses and the decorations inside the castle.

It's a fresh film, but not all that. Interesting, rearly flat but also a bit long. The ending is also quite weak.

6.5 out of 10 cups of tea.
April 28, 2019
Absolutely fabulous. Original filming and amazing wit. A movie about ambition.
April 28, 2019
Sucks you in to its insular world.
April 28, 2019
The movie is from a certain perspective actually very shallow. It is just what its title says: "The Favourite". The story was just one favourite replaces another favourite. Everybody is selfish and there is not one humane and sympatisch person there. The queen is stupid and weak and old and easily manipulated and the both younger women are both bad choices - the brunette is more "masculine": bossy, straight, tough, the blonde is more "feminine" - duplicitous, lying, sneaky, but are were pushing their own agenda and don't really care for anything but themselves. There is no wisdom or interesting idea in it, it was just stupid social darwinism illustrating again the anglo-saxon idea that all people are selfish animals.

The technical form was of course great - all the acting, production, camera, or editing was superb and very inventive at places. But it felt like "I want Oscars", "I want the critics to ejaculate with joy when they see this" ... and there were all the necessary components - empowered women, doing anachronistic feminist things and there was homosexuality... together with the certainly unique storytelling it was like giving critic-cats their catnip. I felt it was completely incincere and done only for effect. It was like the wigs and mascara of the baroque aristocrats.
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